Thyrotropin (TSH) receptor antibodies (TSHrAb) can inhibit TSH-mediated cyclic adenosine 3',5'- monophosphate production in thyroid cells by either blocking TSH binding or affecting a step subsequent to TSH binding.

In the present study, rabbit antibodies that possess thyroid stimulation-blocking activity were used to investigate potential mechanisms by which TSH receptor antibodies can inhibit thyroid cell function. The antibodies were produced against two synthetic peptides corresponding to amino acids 357-372 (p357) and 367-386 (p367) of the human TSHr (hTSHr). By… (More)